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Elder Dr. Charles J. King Jr. - Cincinnati/Dayton/Indianapolis

Dr. King received his Bachelor?s degree from Paine College in Georgia in (1974) with a major in History; his Masters degree from The Interdenominational Theological Center (1979) in Old Testament; and he earned Doctorate degree from the Ashland University of Ashland, Ohio (1994) in Educational Administration with a special concentration in community education and how to develop employment programs for economically disadvantage and inner city youths. He has developed numerous programs.  His career spans over 40 years and include the roles of pastor, foundation president, presiding elder, college trustee, president and CEO.  Dr. King is the father of a young adult daughter name Constance.

Elder Bruce Gibson - Cleveland/Pittsburgh

Rev. Bruce Gibson was born and raised in Ohio.  He was educated in the Painesville Public School System and upon graduation from Harvey High School he enlisted into the U.S. Marines. He is a graduate of Lake Erie College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.  He attended Ashland Theological Seminary where he received a Master of Divinity. 

 He has pastored for 35 years in the Cleveland-Pittsburgh District and held many offices.  He has served as the Treasurer of the Ohio-Central Indiana Annual Conference; served as a committee member for The Commission on Ministry for the Ohio Central Indiana Annual Conference; and has been a delegate to The General Conference for eight Quadrennials.

He is still a resident of Painesville, Ohio where he resides with his lovely wife of 34 years Rev. Hope Gibson.  He is the proud father of two sons Ian Sean a student at Phillips School of Theology and Louis Bernard a student at Lake Erie College majoring in Physical Therapy.

Elder Delmetria Cayson Combs - Evansville/Hopkinsville

Rev. Cayson Combs received her early education in the Fayette County Public School System (Lexington, KY).  She attended Lindsey Wilson College where she earned a B.A. in Human Services and M.Ed. in Counseling and Human Development and is currently pursuing the Master of Divinity degree from Louisville Seminary. 

She has served the Church and Kentucky community in many capacities which included pastoral leadership at Corinth- Clark County, St. Paul-Owingsville, Johnson Chapel-Glasgow, Miles Chapel- Lebanon and Fannie Chapel-Campbellsville.  She has served as District Registrar, Assistant District Secretary, and Episcopal Representative for Young Adults, Chair of Economic Development Committee (KY Region Annual Conference) and Director of Pastoral Care & Counseling for the Second Episcopal District and most recently, appointed as Presiding Elder of the Evansville-Hopkinsville District of the Kentucky Region. 

 She is married to the Reverend BaTavi M. Combs, pastor of the Wesley Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Greenville, Kentucky.


Reverend Reid was born in Hazard, KY. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1960, and retired at the rank of Master Sergeant in 1981. He acknowledged the call to Christian ministry in 1979 at the Golgotha Trinity Church in Long Beach California. Upon relocating to Kentucky in 1983, he served at the Spillman Memorial Church in Louisville. Ordained Deacon in 1987 and Elder in 1989, he served as pastor of numerous local churches. 

Appointed Presiding Elder of the Louisville~Lexington District in 1999 by Bishop Nathaniel L. Linsey, he was reappointed Presiding Elder of the District in 2010 by Bishop Sylvester Williams, Sr. He earned Degrees in Associate of Applied Sciences Specializing in Electrical Engineering Technology in 1985 and Bachelor of Science in Education in 1993, both at the University of Louisville. He is married to the former Brenda Blanton Johnson.